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Kirtan and Yoga Retreat on Crete


Kirtan and Yoga Retreat on Crete

Simply bring your enthusiasm, inner vibration, voice and movement flow to join us in this unique retreat on Crete!

Become part of a free expression of Yoga, Kirtan, movement, divine sound, and breath! Awaken, deepen, sing, love, and stay connected to your inner voice in beautiful Crete, Greece.

Daily practice includes Kirtan guided by Daisy Bowman and Hatha yoga and pranayama guided by Stella Kremmyda.

Kirtan is a form of Indian devotional singing from the heart, as a 'call and response' in a group cycle. Kirtans are accompanied by guitar, Indian harmonium, and drumming as well as mantra learning.

You do not need to have any previous experience in Kirtan or mantra in order to participate nor have any music knowledge. Your inner music and voice are awakened and freed up!

Chanting might come easier to some than to others, but regardless of this, the aim is to tap into the source of voice within and to experience the beauty of authentic expression. Sound is vibrational, it can penetrate and harmonize your very cells in a way that talking or other activities cannot, but it is often only by chance that this might be discovered. Kirtan is a very sure way to access this potential. Moreover, a deep silence can be found beyond sound, a space of connectivity that is truly universal.


Day 1: Friday

13:00-16:00 Arrival
18:00 Introduction to the group with tea
Practical matters
Explaining Kirtan and set the intention
Short 10 to 15-minute movement meditation and pranayama
Short Kirtan

Day 2: Saturday

Yoga Flow (initial asana and basic pranayama practice)
Chanting whilst in savasana
Short Kirtan
Optional private music session (extra cost) - harmonium / singing / guitar
Yoga Flow to music with the guitar

Day 3: Sunday

Yoga Flow (focus on sun salutation with spinal breath deepening)
11:00 After-breakfast Kirtan workshop
Free time or optional vegetarian dinner altogether at the local tavern in Aptera (not included in the price)

Day 4: Monday

06:30 Sunrise yoga at ZenZem garden or Aptera Castle (Koules)
Short Kirtan after class
Breakfast / brunch altogether with open nutrition discussion
Pranayama and spinal breathing meditation
Selected mantra, in-depth explanation, and 108 x times chanting

Day 5: Tuesday

Walking meditation and pranayama at the ancient Aptera path
Optional private music session (extra cost) - harmonium / singing / guitar
Yoga Flow - deepening backbends and hips practice
Yoga Nidra (guided savasana) with music
Closing Kirtan

Day 6: Wednesday

Soft Flow with music
11:00 Departure

During this retreat, you will stay at ZenZem yoga retreat center (including vegetarian breakfast) or in one of the family guesthouses in the village of Aptera, opposite / very near the yoga shala (based on a first come first served basis).

Aptera village (Megala Chorafia), Chania, Crete, Greece
Aptera is a hilltop over looking the sea, 200m high, and with view to the White mountains...

Daisy Bowman - Kirtan, Music and Mantra
and Stella Kremmyda - Yoga, Pranayama and Nutrition

Daisy is from a collective of musicians and yogis based in Southampton, England. Over the past few years, they have shared Kirtan, connecting with the stillness within and inviting the divine to be realized in the everyday life. Daisy is taking some time from working as a doctor in the UK to share Kirtan and the power of sound and vocal meditation. Her focus is on the depth and intent of the expression and full participation in the endeavour to live fully from the heart. Daisy has also received yoga teacher training from the Yoga Sanctuary Southampton.

More info : https://www.facebook.com/daisybowmanmusic/

Stella lives and teaches yoga at ZenZem. She studied and practiced Hatha yoga since 2007 at the Yoga Sanctuary, Southampton, UK, where she also obtained her yoga teacher training certification. She has also attended yoga seminars and meditation in various locations of India and Nepal. She is a qualified dietitian-nutritionist, got her Ph.D. in nutritional immunology and MSc in public health nutrition. She has been teaching yoga since 2011 in Prague, England, and Crete.

More info: www.zenzem.gr

For further details on accommodation, prices and what is included please do not hesitate to contact us here or on emVuemVtY3JldGUgfCBnbWFpbCAhIGNvbQ== and ZGFpc3lib3dtYW44NyB8IGdtYWlsICEgY29t

For those booking by 20th of April an Early bird discounted cost will be offered! Please let us know you are interested!

We look forward to connecting with you deeply through music meditation and movement flow!

Daisy and Stella

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